A message from PAWS’ Founder, Ann Smith

Founder Ann Smith with her dog Toby

I have always loved animals and have been lucky to share my life with them since childhood. Anyone “owned” by a dog will tell you they have the same feelings that we do. Pets feel pain, joy, and fear, and they certainly feel love. Over time, I have come to realize that people do horrible things to animals, and sadly, our community is not immune. This is why PAWS has always been at the forefront of solving animal welfare issues.

Today, PAWS is a lifeline for local pets and their owners. It is the only animal welfare nonprofit in our region (Jackson, WY, Teton Valley, ID, and Star Valley, WY) that operates an open-admission animal shelter and offers social services to pet owners. PAWS helps financially when families face unexpected veterinary bills and provides low-cost spay/neuter vouchers. They provide safe shelter when pets are involved in domestic violence or natural disasters. And they offer outreach programs that promote responsible pet ownership. When a local pet needs care, they make it happen.

I am so proud of what PAWS means to our community. Like me, PAWS is guided by the belief that pets are more than just animals; they are cherished members of our families, our confidants, and often, our source of unyielding joy. Every animal deserves a loving home, and PAWS is here to help.

Will you join me in making a year-end gift to PAWS to help further their compassionate work? I consider this organization and its crucial work my legacy. With the additional expense of operating their shelter – now more than ever – your donation will ensure life-changing care for local homeless pets and lifesaving support for local pets in need.

As PAWS enters its 25th year – I am delighted that a generous donor has pledged a $25,000 matching gift toward our $150,000 year-end goal! Every dollar donated up to $25,000 before January 1 will be matched, so please take this opportunity to double your dollars for local dogs and cats in need!

Thank you for your generosity this year and always.

Ann Smith